Bandstand ensemblist Jonathan Shew shares with us what it felt like to perform his understudy role of Donny Novitski for the first time this week.
"Ever since I was a kid, it was my dream to be a lead in a Broadway musical. This business is difficult and can seriously crush some dreams."
"On Wednesday, I made my dream a reality. I got to be in the leading role of Donny in Bandstand. For me, this was almost too good to be true. This past year, I've been very fortunate, and this was the icing."
"There was such a rush doing those two shows. And there was such a different energy between them. The first show was definitely a trial run in my mind and body. By 8pm, I definitely felt a calmness and a confidence that I could carry my load to the finish line, while enjoying every minute of it!"
"What made me feel most successful was the support of the entire cast and crew. They shoved with love, guided me, and aided in anything I needed. We have a great group led by Corey Cott and Laura Osnes. I had such a blast stepping into Corey's shoes for the day."